LF Miton US Opportunities Fund B Accumulation
Rated Fund 2018-19. A flexible but focused fund
This fund was named the Best North America Fund in Money Observer’s 2017 and 2016 awards, having been highly commended in 2015.
Nick Ford and Hugh Grieves, its managers since launch in 2013, invest in a high-conviction portfolio of around 40 companies from the Russell 3000 index (98% of the investable US stockmarket). They seek companies with a competitive advantage in their products and services that have regular and growing cashflows and are more likely to deliver than businesses that are developing new products or relying on one-o_ events.
They are stockpickers, but keep an eye on macro trends and will avoid entire sectors if they think they are at risk of a setback. FundCalibre managing director Darius McDermott says: “The managers are completely style-agnostic and have extensive experience, having run small cap, large cap, value and growth mandates in the past.”
Although the US is coming off a period of growth and a slowdown is inevitable, the US Federal Reserve should be able to prolong growth by easing off from tightening monetary policy amid any signs of a slowdown, they say.
A change in investor sentiment about the velocity of interest rate rises should also support asset prices this year. At the end of 2018 the portfolio balanced the defensiveness of healthcare stocks with information technology, industrials and financials, which are more sensitive to the business cycle.
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|PRA Health Sciences Inc||3.15 %|
|Keurig Dr Pepper Inc||3.06 %|
|Universal Health Services Inc Class B||2.95 %|
|CVS Health Corp||2.87 %|
|Service Corp International||2.86 %|
|Intercontinental Exchange Inc||2.82 %|
|Pool Corp||2.79 %|
|Henry Schein Inc||2.79 %|
|UnitedHealth Group Inc||2.76 %|
|IQVIA Holdings Inc||2.75 %|
|United States||97.27 %|
|Financial Services||18.59 %|
|Consumer Cyclical||11.30 %|
|Consumer Defensive||6.22 %|
Ford joined Gartmore as an investment manager in the US Equity Team in 1998. Prior to this he was a director of US Equities at Clerical Medical AM. 1995-1996 he was a US equities fund manager for a Unit Trust and staff pension fund at Sun Alliance AM. Previously Mr. Ford was a US Equities fund manager at Capel Cure Myers Capital Management. He began his career as a graduate trainee with Manufacturers Hanover Asset Management. After two years he moved to Shearson Lehman as an Investment Officer.
Hugh joined Miton Group plc in January 2013 having previously worked for Herald Investment where he was responsible for managing the Herald Worldwide Fund. From 2000-2008 he co-managed the technology funds at Societe Generale Asset Management Ltd with Alan Torry and sole managed the funds from 2008-2009. Prior to that he worked from 1995-2000 in the US smaller companies team at Gartmore, having graduated from Bristol in Economics. Hugh is a CFA charterholder.
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